U.S. Representative Mike Honda (D-Calif) is sponsoring legislation aimed at reducing the amount of trash entering the ocean through increased recycling. The bill would direct EPA to consult with the Commerce Department in order to evaluate and categorize products that frequently make their way into the ocean, and then require those products to be manufactured with certain amounts of recycled materials.
California Democrat Mike Honda has introduced the Land-Based Marine Debris Reduction Act aimed at reducing the amount of solid waste that enters the ocean. The Act would allow EPA to require manufacturers to increase the amount of recycled materials in those products. Representative Honda said that the purpose is to increase the national recycling rate and ensure products are properly disposed of.
EPA would also be required to annually report to Congress on the amount of solid waste generated in the U.S., how much ends up in the ocean, how it gets there, and recommend best practices to reduce the amount of trash entering the ocean. The Act would also allow EPA and the Commerce departments to develop voluntary packaging standards.
Sources : Land-Based Marine Debris Reduction Act, H.R. 5283
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